Chocolate Fudge Cake with the BEST Chocolate Frosting ever!

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A Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Sponge, topped & filled with The BEST Chocolate Frosting you will ever make!

I realise saying that this contains the BEST chocolate frosting ever is quite a statement, but I honestly think it is – its so delicious! I also realised after my Facebook Requests post that I hadn’t actually posted my go-to chocolate cake recipe! My recipe for my Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake is delicious as I LOVE Chocolate Orange, and you can use it just as a Chocolate recipe – but this sponge & frosting combination is a winner.

Chocolate cake is one of those classics that you don’t want to mess with, but sometimes they can be terrible, or not chocolatey enough, or just not moist enough. I have seen over the past few months that people use Coffee or Instant Coffee in a Chocolate cake of forms to make the cake more moist and chocolatey – so I tried this! I personally cannot taste the coffee, and neither could my family – however, If you don’t like coffee, or never buy it then no worries – you can use just water, but the depth of flavour might not be the same!!

The magical ingredient in the Chocolate Frosting is the Evaporated Milk – I discovered this after trawling through the internet for hours on end and found a couple of mentions that it might be better – and holy smokes it was. As you can see in the pictures its quite shiny and almost looks wet, but thats just the consistency, I like mine a little more supple than your standard buttercream!

When I posted my recipe for my Victoria Sponge – Celebration Cake I knew you all loved the classics, so I hope this suits well too! However, this cake is so much more indulgent. You can easily make a Chocolate version of my Victoria Sponge, but this is definitely more dense, and more chocolatey. It’s basically heaven in a bite.

This is the sort of cake that you want to have a slice, and then shove it all in your face. Yes its gooey, and has many more ingredients then you think it probably should have, but it is WORTH IT. Honestly, worth it. It also does seem a little faffy, but again.. its worth it! Layering it up with the best frosting on the planet, and you will want to devour every single crumb. Because of how it bakes however, it can often take a long time in the oven, and even sometimes less. It’s all down to the mixing!

I do NOT use an electric mixer for this recipe, because it will most likely over do it. I just do each bit by hand, and then fold it all together to get a thick fudge cake that bakes to perfection. It is very soft, so it can be difficult if you want to spread the cake in buttercream, so I find its easier just to make layers. If you do want to cover it, you’ll need to refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to firm it slightly first, and it’ll be easier! Enjoy!

5 from 11 votes
Chocolate Fudge Cake with the BEST Chocolate Frosting Ever!
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Sponge, topped & filled with The BEST Chocolate Frosting you will ever make!

Course: Cake
Cuisine: Chocolate
Servings: 14 Slices
Calories: 579 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
Cake Ingredients
  • 225 g Dark Chocolate
  • 225 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Instant Coffee Granules
  • 175 g Plain Flour
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 200 g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 200 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 75 ml Buttermilk
Chocolate Frosting
  • 250 g Unsalted Butter (not stork)
  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 50 g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100-125 ml Evaporated Milk
  • Sprinkles
  • Cream Eggs
  • Anything!
For the Cake!
  1. Preheat your oven to 160C/140CFan and grease & line two 8″/20cm Cake tins – leave to the side.

  2. In a heatproof bowl, microwave the Dark Chocolate & Butter till melted – mine takes two minutes! Pour the Coffee Granules into 125ml Boiling Water and mix – add the coffee to the Chocolate/Butter mix and stir well till smooth!

  3. In a separate large bowl add the Plain Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Bicarbonate of Soda, Golden Caster Sugar, and Light Brown Sugar and mix well so the ingredients are all mixed with each other well!

  4. Mix the Eggs with the Buttermilk – Add the Chocolate Mix & the Egg Mix to the dry ingredients and stir together, try not to over mix it – it should be thick but runny when finished and no flour lumps!

  5. Pour the mixture into the two tins and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes (can take a little longer in some ovens) once baked leave to cool in the tin and remove afterwards, or leave for 10-15 minutes and cool on a wire rack for a softer cake.

For the Frosting!
  1. With an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until its very smooth and supple (couple of minutes)

  2. Gradually add the Icing Sugar & Cocoa Powder alternatively with the Evaporated Milk until all is incorporated and add the vanilla essence – beat for a couple of minutes so its extra smooth & creamy.

  3. The more evaporated milk you add the more runny it’ll be, and I have found about 100ml-125ml is perfect for me! Decorate your cake how you like and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes
  • I recommend putting the cakes in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before trying to decorate with buttercream on the sides as the sponge is so lovely and light it might crumble a bit if you don’t!
  • If you can’t access the Buttermilk, you can make your own! Use the same quantity of FULL FAT milk, mixed with 2tbsp lemon juice and mix – it'll look a bit funky, but thats okay!
  • You can also use Double Cream in the frosting, but I would 100% recommend the evaporated milk over it – it makes such a yummy frosting I would just sit and eat it all with a spoon if I could.
  • You can also bake this into 3 layers using 3 20cm tins – they will take 22-25 minutes in the oven!
  • This cake will last for 3 days in an airtight container!
  • Inspired by BBCGoodFood
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Fudge Cake with the BEST Chocolate Frosting Ever!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 68g76%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These are only estimates.


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  • Jane Hall
    April 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m really wanting to make your chocolate fudge cake recipe fir my hubbys 40th birthday in the next few weeks but wanting to make it in my 6inch x 3inch deep tin, what would the quantities be for this size please? Thank you xx

  • Chris
    February 11, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hi jane, how are you? I’m sure this is another wonderful recipe! I’ve just finished baking it! I’m just wondering is it stable enough as a 4 layer cake? I’ve just baked 4 8” layers, and it just seems so delicate, so I’m not sure lol? 2 of my layers also sank, while the other 2 were fine, although all came from the same mixture, I just doubled your quantities above.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 12, 2020 at 1:53 am

      Hey! So with this kind of recipe, it’s harder to just double because of the rising agents – also, did all the cakes go in at the same time or was the mixture left on the side? or on different levels of an oven? All of these things can cause a cake to sink.
      And as mentioned, it is a very delicate sponge – to decorate it is easier to chill for a bit so it’s firmer!

    • Christopher Flanagan
      February 12, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Hi jane! They were all out in at the same time, 2 in the middle and 2 at the bottom. But to be honest looking at them today, the sinking in the middle isn’t that bad, it’s completely usable lol I must have imagined it looked worse yesterday! I will refrigerate before stacking then!! I just worry when it comes back to room temp, will it go soft again?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 13, 2020 at 1:09 am

      Ahh okay that’s good! And I’m sure it will be fine! If in doubt, once stacked just leave it in a cool place (or the fridge if you don’t mind it drying out a small amount) but I’m sure it’ll be fine!

  • Tracy Dawson
    January 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Hi jane. Can I use condensed milk rather than evaporatrd milk for the buttercream? Just noticed that that is what I’ve bought. Thanks.

  • Julia
    November 24, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hey Jane, just made this and it’s Fab! One of the cakes sunk just a little and took about 50 mins to cook but thinking my oven temp may be off! Just wondered, when I make chocolate mousse I use bournville chocolate which works great so I used it for this but I’m thinking it maybe wasn’t quite dark enough? I’m making again in a couple of days should I switch to a baking dark chocolate around 70%?! Thanks!!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Hiya! Yes I would only ever use something 70% or higher for baking, I don’t generally use Bournville! x

  • Mussarrat
    October 26, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    5 stars
    Another great recipe, I followed the recipe exactly but the sponges were so crumbly. Baked the sponges the day before decorating and serving. Any attempt to cut a slice resulted in a crumbly heap of chocolatey goodness. Tastes lovely, used cacao powder instead of regular cocoa powder. Any idea what could have caused a crumbly sponge? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      As mentioned in the post, they are a delicate sponge. It could be that they were slightly dried out/overbaked though, but the sponge is designed to be soft and delicious!

  • Jasmine Hussain
    October 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Hi jane this recipe looks amazing, i just have a question, if i want to cover the cake entirely in buttercream do i need to double the amounts? thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

      I would say probably add on another half at least, maybe double. However, as mentioned, it isn’t a firm frosting so it doesn’t hold up the best on the sides!

  • sophie
    October 6, 2019 at 11:54 am

    hi jane,
    im thinking if making this cake tomorrow and i just wondered if i can use normal caster sugar rather than golden caster sugar? would this make a difference?
    many thanks!

  • Natalie smith
    July 26, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Hi there, if I wanted to make this into cupcake how should I spilt the recipe? Should I just spilt all the ingredients by half?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 26, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Have a look at my Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes recipe x

  • Donna Youngson
    July 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Would baking belts be okay to use with this recipe please?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      I don’t personally see the point in baking belts – it doesn’t need them!

  • KKAH
    June 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, another top recipe. My cake was a little on the bitter side though. Is it because i used high percentage chocolate (70%)? Would this work with Milk chocolate instead of dark? 🤔

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 20, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      It’s meant to be fudgey and rich, and I use 85% – I would not recommend using anything under 70%, as milk chocolate is too thin and the cake won’t bake the same!

  • Catherine Hurley
    May 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Can i ask how long the buttercreme can be in fridge. Have some leftover. Made this cake todsy for my dad’s birthday Tomor. Looks very yummy.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 24, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      The fridge I would guess easily a week, but you can also freeze it for longer!

  • Kate
    May 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Jane. This recipe looks great so I’m attempting it for my nephew’s birthday party! I know you say plain flour but I wondered if self raising would work? Ive got stacks of SR and no plain! Many thanks, Kate

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      It will make the cake very delicate, and it is better with plain flour in all honesty – but the self raising won’t kill it. Leave out the baking powder if you use the SRF!

  • Rosa Preston
    May 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve made this 3 times now! Definitely a winner in our house! The last two times I’ve substituted the half of the light soft brown sugar for 75g of dark soft brown sugar as I didn’t have enough. It’s a great tweet!… it makes the sponge slight more fudgey and slightly easier to manage. Really lovely! Worth a try x

  • Sam
    April 23, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Jane I was just wondering if you had a YouTube channel? Or if maybe you could post some videos with decorating tips on here please? Excited to make this cake! Xx

  • Kirsty
    April 14, 2019 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I made this in 3 sandwich tins. Absolutely beautiful cake! So moist – everyone thought it was shop bought! The only change I made, was more cocoa in the frosting, but that’s just my personal preference. Excellent as always Jane! I’m about to try one of your vegan recipes for a visitor this evening. I’m believing in the power of Jane! 🙏

  • Chloe
    March 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds amazing and I’d like to attempt it for my sisters birthday coming up! The only problem is she really hates coffee! Does it have much of a coffee flavour to the cake? Could I possibly just take this out do you think? Or sub in something else maybe? Please let me know what you think, I loveeeee all your recipes and they’ve turned out great so far so I’d love to try this for her as she’s a massive chocolate fan! Thanks:)

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

      You can’t taste the coffee – it just really enhances the flavour of the chocolate – leave it in, you won’t regret it!

  • Sushma Jassal
    February 24, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    I love your website, it’s my number one favorite baking site!!

    I love to bake but live alone with no family in this country, so I tend to bake & take into work & for friends birthdays, leavers, etc. I have made your Oreo drip cake several times for work colleagues & it always looks amazing but I find the chocolate sponge can be a bit dry or crumbly when I am decorating it (but I also make 10” sizes of sponges to feed as many of the 300 employees as possible, maybe that’s part of the problem, but I do increase the ingredients by precise calculations based on surface area ratio (not that I have ever had a complaint about it, they devour it but I’m a tad of a perfectionist)), for this reason I wanted to enquire if this cake would work for the Oreo drip cake?

    Many thanks in advance & once again your recipes are amazing & so yummilicious I (& for sure most of the people I work with) love them.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 24, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      Hiya! To be honest, this is probably far too soft. It’s very hard to make a drip cake out of it as it’s soft. If the oreo sponge is dry, it’s overbaked. If I bake anything 10″ or more, I bake at 140C for a longer time to stop it drying out as much x

  • Becky
    February 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Just made your chocolate fudge cake and it’s turned out lovely! I have lots of the frosting left over – is okay to freeze?

    Thank you! X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Yes definitely! And so glad you liked it!

  • Jai
    December 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Hi, Do you put both cake tins in the oven at the same time?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Hiya! Yes, you should always bake a cake as the mix is ready so both in at the same time!

  • Shula
    December 7, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Hi Jane. Just a quick question before I start making this recipe today. What percent dark chocolate do you recommend using for this recipe? Thank you

  • Jude
    November 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Hi Jane,
    Love the sound of the icing made with evaporated milk, but just wondered if I could make it orange flavour, so it would remind you of Terry’s chocolate orange ?
    Thanks for a lovely recipe

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 6, 2018 at 8:26 am

      You could add in some high quality orange extract!

    • Jude
      November 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

      5 stars
      Many thanks Jane, will be trying it out very soon 😊

  • Mary
    October 25, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Really looking forward to trying out this recipe. Am off to the shops soon to buy the ingredients. Can you tell me why I can’t use Stork for the buttercream? And what I should use instead?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 25, 2018 at 10:39 am

      You should never ever use any stork/spread/margarine for buttercream as its too soft, and isn’t real butter and will make it far too soft. Use Unsalted Butter as mentioned in the recipe!

  • Sam
    October 17, 2018 at 7:54 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane
    I absolutely adore your recipes, they always go down well in my house. Was just wondering how much more of the ingredients for the buttercream would I need if I wanted to completely cover the whole cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      There is probably enough to cover the sides, but as mentioned in the post its not the strongest of frostings so can be a bit difficult to get the perfect finish on the sides x

  • Kelly
    October 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    I made this a couple of days ago and have to say that it’s the best cake I’ve EVER eaten! It’s so chocolately and fudgy, yet easy to make, and loved the buttercream. I only had Stork – although it says not to use that, it turned out okay if not a little runny.

    Amazing recipe – thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

  • Rosa Preston
    September 6, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Hi, I want to make this ahead of time for my daughters birthday. You’ve mentioned it can be frozen, how long would you recommend keeping it in the freezer for at the most and can I put the frosting on when it’s frozen or should I completely defrost it first?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 6, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      You would need to fully defrost the cake before decorating – sponges can be made 3 months or so in advance in frozen, but fresh is best.

    • Rosa Preston
      March 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      I made the cake and it was fab! I’m making it again now but not freezing the sponge this time. How many days will the sponge keep without it being frosted?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      It’ll keep for about 3-4 days I’d say – if stored correctly!

    • Rosa Preston
      March 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you

    • Heidi
      October 14, 2018 at 9:18 am

      5 stars
      Can I freeze the frosting?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

      I believe so, yes!

  • Lewis
    July 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Jane,

    Quick question, is it meant to be gooey in the middle? Because whenever I tried to make it and put the cocktail stick through it, it comes out chocolatey.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      If its still gooey when you’re testing the cake after its been in the oven, its not done baking. This is a rule for all cakes. x

    • Lewis
      July 28, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Well, it’s just, I had it at the right temperature you said and it was in there for the time you said, maybe my oven is just one of those that needed to be longer.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

      A temperature and a time is never a guarantee and your oven could be completely off, and I do mention that it can take longer in some ovens in the method. Some ovens can be about 20C out easily, or if your mixture was thinner it would also need more baking time.

    • Lewis
      October 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hey Jane, quick question. Can the butter and chocolate be melted on the stove as well?
      You know, put the bowl over a pot of boiling water and let them melt? And can they be melted together?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Yes they can x

  • Jennifer
    July 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Hi. Ive make this cake a few times and love it. Weve having a big family party and wanted to make this cake but much better. 14inch round with 3 teir.
    Do you have any ideas on how much mixture i would need?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hiya! Do you mean tiers or layers? Just because tiers wise, I don’t think this cake will stack very well, but three layers of cake is fine. Also, if you do mean layers, I would think you will need to bake the layers separately and not all in one as I just don’t think the cake will ever bake because its so fudgey.
      I would advised using 2.5x the amount for each layer. It’s A LOT of cake, so it’ll be interesting!
      Also, I would advise keeping the baking temp low at 140C, and baking it for probably near enough 2 hours per layer? I’ve never baked it this big however, so thats a guess on time. It’s something you’d have to keep an hour on, but as just an 8″ layer takes about 40 minutes, I can imagine a 14″ will be 2 hours or more xx

  • Holly Johnson
    June 25, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Hello. I made this as a three tier for father’s day and it was fab. Would it work as cupcakes? Thinking of doing them for my son’s birthday party. Would I need to change anything? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Yes I’m sure it would! It’s quite a moist mix so beware of certain cupcake cases peeling! X

  • Mdm Zahis
    April 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Hi Jane. Since my oven is a small one, can I just bake it in an 8″ round cake pan & when done, just divide the cake into 2? At what temperature should my oven be & to bake for how long?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 27, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Hiya! You definitely could! I would still bake it at the same temperature, but just for much longer. I’ve never baked it in one tin, but I can imagine it would take more than an hour in the oven because its so fudgey x

    • Zahis E
      April 27, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thx Jane for your fast reply😊

  • Becca
    March 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Hi I just made this cake for my brothers birthday. It was rising nicely in the oven then it sunk 🙁 It seemed bit crispy on top in the middle and more spongy on the outside. I followed the recipe precisely. Any idea why? (It sunk in the oven)

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Hey! If you opened the oven earlier than 3/4 of the way through the baking time, that would probably be it. Otherwise it might not have been baked properly, maybe if the oven temperature was off. x

    • Becca
      March 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you for the reply. Didn’t open oven until 35 mins but it had sunk before then. Gutted as I did everything so carefully to make sure it would be ok. Think I can blame oven as I just tried turning it on and it didn’t turn on first try! Maybe it is on its way out. Will have to try again in another oven 🙂

  • Garfield
    March 17, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Hi I would like to use this recipe for a wedding anniversary cake and cover it in fondant do you think it will be suitable for this?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      It’s a very moist and soft cake so I wouldn’t say its the best for covering and stacking, it might be worth using a normal cake sponge and then maybe the frosting?

  • George
    March 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I made this for my girlfriend’s birthday. It was the first proper cake I’ve ever baked by myself, and it turned out fantastic! It’s extremely rich and decadent, and I highly recommend it. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  • Fiona
    February 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Hi there. Firstly I want to say that this cake was amazing!! Very moist and so chocolatey!! U mentioned in your comments that’s this was a light sponge.. .. the consistency of mine was almost like a brownie??? Did i do something wrong?? Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      It might be that your cake mixture was slightly over mixed, but sometimes it can come out that way purely by chance depending even on the oven!

  • Sammy
    January 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Jane, thank you so much for all your recipes. My niece and I have made a few of them and we have so much fun. Looking forward to making this cake as I’ve been searching for a good recipe for ages. Just wanted to check if it would be ok to split the recipe in half? Thanks again xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Do you mean to just make one layer of the cake? It should be okay but I’ve never personally tried it! x

    • Sammy
      January 27, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Sorry I meant would it be ok to use half the recipe…so still 2 layers but a smaller cake. Thanks xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

      You can do but the sponges are already quite thin so I wouldn’t recommend it! X

    • Sammy
      January 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Aww ok thank you 😊 xx

  • Carly mape
    December 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Love your recipes. Do you have to refridgerate cake before frosting ? Doesn’t putting a cake in the fridge dry it out ? Do u think that would be enough frosting to cover the sides too ? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 16, 2017 at 7:02 am

      It is just advised to put it in for half an hour or so which wouldn’t dry the cake out. And yes it should be plenty of frosting.

    • Carly mape
      December 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Made it yesterday absolutely delicious

  • Jessica
    November 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    What kind of nozzle do you use to pip the buttercream in the middle of the cake?, does it matter what size it is? Also, I only own a hand mixer will this still be okay to mix the buttercream instead of a paddle attachment??

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I use a Medium 2D closed star, sizing just literally changes the sizes of the swirls so I always stick to medium size. And yes a hand mixer will still work.

  • Ani
    November 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m going to attempt to make this cake for my little nephews birthday. I was planning on covering the whole cake with buttercream, shall I just double the ingredients for the frosting, would that be enough to cover the whole cake and for some swirls on top? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 10, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hiya! Yes doubling would be good. I would also recommend keeping an eye on the amount of evaporated milk as it can be quite a slack frosting, so cover the sides it could be a little soft. Therefore you might need less than double the amount.

    • Ani
      November 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Brilliant thank you! I’m so excited to make the cake!!

    • Ani
      November 18, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      So I thought I had better to do a trial and I am so glad I did as one of the cakes sunk a little. Strange as I thought I had divided the mixture equally into the tins. I guess I’ll just have to bake them a little longer next time. Also the frosting was delicious but a little sloppy, shall I skip the evaporated milk next time to make it a little more stiff? The end result looked amazing and my hubby devoured the cake, I just need to perfect it for the birthday boy. Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Just use a little less evaporated milk next time, or add in more icing sugar. And yes, if one worked fine then it probably was a little uneven – but also ovens can bake differently depending on where a cake is placed inside them.

  • Maeve
    November 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    This icing is my absolute favourite and I would like to make a vanilla version.. should I just add vanilla extract and substitute the cocoa powder for extra icing sugar?? Thank youuu!! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Hiya – It will just turn into a coffee cake. There isn’t a suitable way to convert it as its really designed for a chocolate style cake, and the icing sugar wouldn’t work in place. The chocolate is a large part of the recipe so you can’t simply remove it. x

    • Maeve
      November 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Just to clarify, it will still be the same chocolate cake but I would just like to have blue icing on it (therefore I wouldn’t be able to use the cocoa powder..)

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      You would have to add at least 100g of icing sugar in place of the cocoa powder, as it is designed really to be used with the cocoa powder. Cocoa powder naturally thickens substances like these frostings, so you need double the amount in placement. It might still be a little soft.

  • MD
    October 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Jane, I’ve made this cake as per recipe but was going to make it in two 7inch tins, would that be okay? And just leave it in the oven a little longer?

  • Monica
    August 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I really enjoyed making this! I found that when it came to frosting the cake it was very crumbly and it ended up losing big chunks 🙁

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Sometimes you need to refrigerate it as suggested to prevent this ? the sponge is so soft it can happen.

  • Vanessacameron
    August 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Would this work with self raising flour as I always have trouble with plain flour chocolate cakes

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I really would recommend using Plain Flour because of the type of cake it is. You don’t need the extra raising agent from the Self Raising Flour.

  • Debbie
    July 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I need 4 layers of 8 inches, should I just double up? Xx

  • DebDoeaCakes
    July 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Thinking of making this but reading through the recipe, I’m confused- U mentioned coffee in the ingredients, but no mention of the 125mls of boiling water- but in the method U mention mixing the coffee with the 125ml boiling water, desolving the coffee in the water & adding to the chocolate & butter mixture, is that correct? Would it not be too much liquid – 125mls plus the 75mls of buttermilk- 200mls of liquid? Please clarify- thanks, as d cake does look lovely & would love to make it as a raffle prize for a charity effect.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      No, that is correct. Water isn’t usually stated in a ingredients list as its just water and is readily available. It’s the correct amount.

    • DebDoeaCakes
      July 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Jane,
      Thanks for confirming. I really want to give it a go.

  • Josey
    May 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Jane it looks amazing. Can I use this frosting to smooth round a 6in three layer cake then do a caramel drip ? Would the frosting be firm enough? Thanks.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      I would say it would be good for it, but you need to use less evaporated milk – probably half the amount of evaporated milk, but the rest stays the same!

    • Josey
      May 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you for your quick response I’ll give it a try. Does the frosting firm up in fridge?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Yes ?

    • Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hi could i substitute the evaporated milk for condensed milk do u think?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I wouldn’t personally.

  • Abbie Thorne
    May 26, 2017 at 7:50 am

    How would this cake turn out using gluten free flour? Has anybody tried it? 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      It might be ever so slightly dryer, and it shoooould work…! I have never personally tried it though so can’t guarantee!

  • Charlott
    May 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi I am looking to make this cake but with mint icing? Do you recommended just adding a teaspoon of peppermint essence into the icing? The recipient loves chocolate cake, and mint, so i am looking to combine the two and decorate with min aero bubbles.



    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hiya! Yes I would add mint extract in.. I would probably do 1.5tsps/2tsps though as its quite a large batch of icing! x

    • Charlotte
      May 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Ok great thank you!
      I made your Caramac cake on the weekend and it was amazing. I loved the ganache on top – do you think I can put a dark chocolate ganache on top of this cake?
      I’m going to make this exact sponge and icing (with mint essence) and then a ganache I think.
      Thanks so much, love your recipes.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 16, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Yes that would work well! x

  • Catherine hodgson
    April 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hey Jane ?… I’ve made this recipe before and I love it!! Nicest chocolate cake ever… I’m just wondering could this be upscaled and made in a giant cupcake tin ? thanks xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hiya! You could try it, but I’m not sure how successfully it would come out of the tin because of its texture? And the cake batter itself is a lot thinner than a normal one. It’s worth a shot but I can’t guarantee it’ll work! ? x

    • Catherine hodgson
      April 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Hey!! Thanks for your reply, I thought that too I might give it a trial run and see if not I’ll make a choc Madeira lol.. don’t need it to June so plenty of time to practise lol lol.. if it doesn’t then I’ll have lots of cake too eat ??

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Hahaha yesss definitely! Let me know how you get on as I am intrigued! x

  • Belinda
    March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This is the yummiest chocolate cake I have ever had!!! I LOVE IT!!! My sister made this and I honestly ate about half the cake by myself lol! Should feel guilty but it’s too yummy to feel bad about!! lol!

  • Lola Bellouere
    March 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Wow how mega indulgent! X
    Lola Mia //

  • Sarah
    March 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Hiya, is this cake strong enough to cover in fondant/sugarpaste? Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Hey! I’ve never tried it, but it’s very soft & moist so probably not? Sorry! x

  • Adam
    March 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Absolutely love your recipes and appreciate your help and inspiration.

    I just wanted to ask whether I could use two 9″/23 cm cake tins for this recipe?


    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Hey! You can indeed, the sponges will just be thinner and need less baking time 🙂 X

    • Adam
      March 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Jane 🙂

      I decided to go and buy some 8″ tins too lol 🙂

      I wanted to make this cake 2 days in advance so bake it on Tuesday to be cut into on Thursday.

      Shall i bake the cake, decorate with frosting etc and store in the fridge?

      or shall i bake the cake today (Tuesday) and make the frosting/decorate on Wednesday?

      Also, should if I make the cake today, would i store it in the fridge or leave outside at room temp?

      Many thanks in advance for your assistance. I really appreciate your help and advice.

      I’m an amateur baker looking to bake something for red nose day 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Ah yes, 8″ tins are better than 9″! I would bake the cakes on tuesday, and store them in an airtight container at room temperature, and then decorate on wednesday, and store at room temperature again. You only need to refrigerate the cakes for maybe 30 minutes before decorating, if the sponge is soft, but I made this cake today and just left it too cool and didnt need to refrigerate before decorating! 🙂 x

  • Kev
    February 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Made this cake today and it’s by far the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. The cake is so moist, rich and full of flavour and the frosting is amazing. It’ll be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Awh that is SO amazing! I am so so glad you enjoyed it! x

  • Aishah Ali
    January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I made this today as 3 layers and it came out divine. Thank you so much for you recipes x

  • zoe
    January 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Is the taste of coffee strong in this cake? Im not a fan of coffee so would prefer to leave it out but would this have much of an effect on how the sponge will turn?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      January 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      As mentioned in the comments before the recipe, you can’t taste the coffee at all, but it being there enhances the chocolate flavour, and you need the amount of liquid in there as well so it’s best to leave it in! X

  • Nadine Wolfenden
    December 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I used this recipe for our Christmas Day pudding, and it went down a treat!! The cake is super moist and rich without being over indulgent! I made it two days ahead and it’s still going strong! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Awh yaaayy! I’m so so glad you like it and enjoyed it! ❤

  • Becki
    November 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I made this cake and it sunk 🙁
    It was cooked all the way through so not sure what happened x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Chances are the temperature of your oven is incorrect, if a cake sinks it’s very rarely anything to do with the recipe or ingredients. Often it means it’s over done/underdone or the oven has an issue. Quite often, ovens are not the temperature you think they are so maybe get an oven thermometer to check?

  • Miss Kay
    November 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Jane. Tried the recipe and it sunk both times..?. What can I do?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      The cake sunk? If it’s sunk it’s underdone

  • Carol
    October 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Can I make this cake and freeze it minus the icing?

  • Hadar
    September 28, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Hi! Looks amazing! Can I use whipping or heavy cream instead of the Evaporated Milk?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

      You can but you won’t need nearly as much (and it won’t create the same flavour) but add 1tbsp at a time till you reach your desired consistency

    • Hadar
      September 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I’ll try it! Thank you for the quick response!

  • Nicola
    September 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Tried these as cup cakes, turned out fab, my daughter is very picky and is currently on her second of a fresh batch ?? thank you for the recipe xx

  • Ashley
    June 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Can I bake this ahead of time? If so, how would you suggest I store the cake layers until I decorate?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      It depends how long ahead of time you want to bake it? Fresh is best really!

  • Lucy
    March 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hello I am thinking of making this cake for my sons birthday party but wanted to use a 11″ tin as there will be alot of people. Could you please tell me how much ingredients I will need? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Hiya I have never made one with this recipe that big so i wouldn’t know I’m afraid.. You could just try doubling it but you’d have to bake it on a really low temp for a very long time so that it bakes properly. X

    • Lucy
      April 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your help. This was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made!!!! X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Ahhh yay!! 🙂 I am so glad!! x

    March 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    What depth are the tins you use for this cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      The only ones I use for anything are deep ones 🙂

  • Joanne
    November 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Ha ha ha – don’t try this when it’s 40 degrees in your kitchen! It tasted amazing, but the icing just melted right off! Thanks for sharing this recipe <3

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Ohhh no haha definitely wouldnt work!! Refrigerate it and it’ll be fine! 🙂

  • Kelsie
    November 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hi could I used condensed milk instead of evaporated? Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Did you comment “Hi can you use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and use less sugar? If so how much sugar would you use?” The other day? 🙂 you can use condensed milk but it is more sugary, I just wouldn’t use less powdered sugar! 🙂

  • Kelsie
    November 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hi can you use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and use less sugar? If so how much sugar would you use?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 10, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I wouldn’t really advise using less sugar as thats the powder that keeps the frosting thick – if you reduce it then you risk the frosting being extremely runny? However you can probably use condensed milk, but again the consistency might be different (and it’ll be more sugary!) 🙂

  • Shenaaz
    October 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    My My it certainly looks scrumptious, very tempted to try this recipe, have not baked in years, kids are now doing their stuff, passing it on to “MY Baker” ! Chocolate cake Lover

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Hahah thank you! You definitely should bake again, you’ll wish you’d never stopped!

  • heather
    September 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I made this cake and cannot believe how moist and delicious it is. I brought some into work today and was told it was the best chocolate cake they had ever had by some of my colleagues and I have to agree with them. Thanks for this wonderful recipe,

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Ohh I’m so glad!! Thank you for such lovely comments!! ❤️

  • abbiosbiston
    August 31, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I use buttermilk and coffee in my chocolate cake too.

  • apuginthekitchen
    August 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    OMG! that cake is gorgeous.

  • lovethelittlebakery
    August 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my goodness jane, another scrummy looking bake! I think it’s really interesting how you have done the frosting. I’m usually a buttercream kinda gal, and recently been experimenting with ganache. I may add this one to my list of things to try. Looks amazing! Hx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Aww thank you so much! 🙂 And same here, but I wanted to try something a little different with this one, its like a buttercream-ganache hybrid 😀 thanks! x

    • lovethelittlebakery
      August 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Ooh I think I will definitely be trying this next time I make something chocolatey 🙂 x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Awwh haha yay! Lemme know how you get on 🙂 x

    • lovethelittlebakery
      August 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Will do 🙂 x

  • JuJuwe
    August 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

    it’s killing me softly while reading this ( hahaha ). I always cannot resist chocolate cake. I wish I had a slice

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Ohh same here, my weakness! 🙂 and thanks!

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